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say, I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive the love come from her; they say too, that she will rather die thau give any sign of affection. I did never think to marry :- I must not seem proud :-Happy are they that hear their detractious, and can put them to mending. They say, the lady is fais; 'uis a truth, I can bear them witness: and virtuous;-'tis so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving me:-By my troth, it is no addition to her wit ; nor no great argument of her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her. I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long against marriage-But doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth, that he caquot endure in his age: shall quips, and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from the career of his humour! No: the world must be peopled. When I said, I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.-Here comes Beatrice; By this day, she's a fair lady: I do spy some marks of love in her.

Enter Beatrice.

Beat. Against my will, I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.

Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your paius.

Beat, I took no more pains for those thanks, than you take pains to thank me; if it had been painful, I would not have come.

Bene. You take pleasure in the message?

Beat. Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knife's point, and choke a daw withal : You have no stomach, signior: fare you well.

(Erit. Bene. Ha! Against my will I am sent to bid you come to dinner-there's a double meaning in that. I took no more pains for those thanks, than you took pains to thank me--that's as much as to say, Any pains that I take for you is as easy as

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Enter Beatrice, behind.
For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs
Close by the ground, to hear our conference.

Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden dars the silver streami,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait:
So angle we for Beatrice; who even now
Is couched in the woodbine coverture:
Tear you not ng part of the dialogue.

Hero, 'Then go we near her, that her ear lose ne

Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it

They advance to the bower
To, Iruls, Ursula, she is too disdainful;
I know, her spirits areas cog and wild
As haggards of the rock
Urs.

But are you sure,
That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely?
Hero. So says the prince, and my new.trothed

lord.
Urs. And did they bid you tell ber of it, madam

Hero. They did entreat me lo acquaint her of it:
But I persuaded them, if they lowa Benedick,
To wish him wrestle with affection,
And never to let Beatrice know of it.

Ure. Why did you so? Doth wot the gentlemt
Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed,
As ever Beatrice shall couch upon!

Hero. O god of love! I know, he doth deser
As much as may be yielded to a man:
But nature never fram'd a woman's heart
Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice:
Disdain and scorride sparkling iu her eyes,
Misprising what they look on; and her wit
Values itself so highly, that to her

Dishrouder stupir fram'dad to a man. Toth deser

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Enter Beatrice, behind.
For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs
Close by the ground, to hear our conference.
Urs. The pleasant'st angliag is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait:
So angle we for Beatrice; who even now
Is couched in the woodbine coverture:
Fear you not my part of the dialogue.
Hero. Then go we near her, that her ear lose no-

thing
Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it

(They advance to the bower.
No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;
I know, her spirits areas coy and wild
As haggards of the rock*.
Urs.

But are you sure,
That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely?
Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed

lord.
Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, madam ?

Here. They did entreat me to acquaint ber of it:
But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick,
To wish him wrestle with affection,
And never to let Beatrice know of it.

Urs. Why did you so ? Doth not the gentleman
Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed,
As ever Beatrice shall couch upon ?

Hero. O god of love! I know, he doth deserve
As much as may be yielded to a man: ,
But nature never fram'd a woman's heart
Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice:
Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,
Misprising* what they look on; and her wit
Values itself so highly, that to her
All matter else seems weak; she cannot love,

* A species of hawk.

+ Undervaluing.

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Scene I. ABOUT NOTHING.

Hero. He is the only man in Italy,
Always excepted my dear Claudio.

Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madan,
Speaking my fancy, signior Benedick,
For shape, for bearing, arguments, and valour,
Goes foremost in report through Italy.

Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name.

Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it
When are you married, madam?

Hero. Why, every day; -o-morrow: come, go in;
I'll show thee some attires; and have thy counsel,
Which is the best to furnish me tomorrow.
Urs. Slie's lim'dt I warrant you; we have caught

her, madani.
Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps :
Some Capid kills with arrows, some with traps

[Exeunt Hero and Ursula.

cre, I think so;
- were not good
make sport at it.
ath: I never yet saw man,
ung, how rarely featur'd,
kward: if fair-faced,
should be her sister;
-ing of an antic,
lance ill-headed;
cut:
own with all winds:
d with none.
wrong side out;

virtue, that
purchaseth.
ing is not commendable.
d, and from all fashions,
-mmendable:

f I should speak,
she would laugh me
leath with wit.

cover'd fire,
te ipwardly:
ie with mocks ;
Sckling.
-ar what she will say.

to Benedick,
inst his passion:
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r Benedick.

Beatrice advances.
Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true!

Stand I condemn'd for pride and scoru so much?
Contempt, farewell! and maidev pride, adiea!

No glory lives behind the back of such.
And Benedick love on, I will requite thee;

Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand;
If thou dost love, my kinduess shall incite thee

To bind out loves up in a holy band :
For others say, thou dost deserve; and I
Believe it better than reportingly.

(Exit.

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Hero. He is the only man in Italy, Always excepted my dear Claudio.

Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam, Speaking my fancy, signior Benedick, For shape, for bearing, argument, and valour, Goes foremost in report through Italy,

Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name.

Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it. When are you married, madam?

Hero. Why, every day ;-to-niorrow: come, go in; I'll show thee some attires; and have tiny counsel, Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow, Urs. She's lim'dt I warrant you; we have caught

her, madan. Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps: Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

(Ereunt Hero and Ursula.

Beatrice advances.

Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?

Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much? Contempt, farewell! and maidev pride, adieu!

No glory lives behind the back of such.
And Benedick love on, I will requite thee;

Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand;
If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee

To bind our loves up in a holy band :
For others say, thou dost deserve; and I
Believe it better than reportingly.

(Exit.

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